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ALDI DUPES FOR BENEFIT, NARS and CHARLOTTE TILBURY

ALDI DUPES BENEFIT, NARS… – ALDI STRIKES AGAIN

So have you ever tried Aldi’s beauty brand, Lacura? Several people I know have tried it and love it, particularly the CC cream. I have bought and used a number of skincare products from the brand but I have never tried their cosmetics. Until now…

A little wander around Aldi recently had me gaping at one of their newer offerings. As my eyes settled on the packaging of these attractive items, comparisons flashed through my mind. Immediately I knew that Aldi had struck again. Here I was looking at Aldi dupes for Benefit, Nars and Charlotte Tilbury.

We have experienced this with Aldi before and have witnessed them create their own versions of Naked Noodles, Slimming World meals and the recent Pixi Glow Tonic alternative. This time, it is makeup.

Although I had recently been on an inadvertent makeup no-buy, the display and packaging of the items were attractive enough to lead to that one specific decision. I was going to try them out.

So of the 6 items available, I opted for 4. I made the choice to leave out the primer and the foundation. This is simply because I haven’t been using much primer recently and I can’t bring myself to try anything else in terms of foundation. MUA currently has my heart and I am tired of wasting money on foundations that do not match my colouring.

Anyway, onto the four that tempted me:

Lacura Aloha Bronzer

£5.99

HIGHEND ALTERNATIVE: Benefit ‘Hoola’ Bronzer

Here we have lovely packaging that strongly resembles the real thing. However, putting that aside it really looks the part. The shade is on the cooler side and far less orange than anything else I have in my collection currently.

Lacura Blush

£5.99

HIGHEND ALTERNATIVE: NARS Blusher in the shade Orgasm

Other than the sleek packaging, this would have been the oneproduct that I wouldn’t necessarily have opted for. The gold shimmer in the shade would normally put me off. However, it is far more subtle than I had assumed and it has a great little mirror included.

Too Legit Mascara

£5.99

HIGHEND ALTERNATIVE: Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara

I love mascara and am always on the hunt for an improvement on my current favourites. Of the 4 products, this was the one I had least expectations of. I am not sure why other than my usual mascara woes. I have talked previously about my mascara journey, the struggles I experience and still needing to find ‘the one’. Many of my lovely YouTube followers suggested the Essence ‘Lash Princess’ Mascara. I tried it, liked it, but it still wasn’t what I was looking for. The brush here is very similar to the Benefit mascara and sports the sticky out end bristles. 

Lacura Broadway Shape & Glow

£6.99

HIGHEND ALTERNATIVE: Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow’

Just look at this. I mean, wow. What a stunning item. The packaging alone is gorgeous but opening the lid displays the beautiful interior. Lovely cool-toned bronze and warmth infused highlight.

So, I tried them all out recently but how did they perform? Many Aldi items have been hits for me but there have also been many misses. Check out my YouTube video to see them in action and find out whether they will become staple favourites, occasional guest appearances or be banished to the bin.  

So what about you guys? Have you tried them and what are your views on how similar the items are to their higher end counterparts? I would love to hear what you think. 

CHRISTMAS MOVIE WATCH LIST

CHRISTMAS MOVIE WATCH LIST

Christmas is approaching and by the time you read this it will be December. Already! The odd thing is, like autumn this year, it is taking me a while to transition into the festivities. In the past, I have written season specific posts in a bid to get me feeling the way I want to, so here I am again, seeking the festive feels with a christmas movie watch list.

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The Mrs Hinch Effect

THE MRS HINCH EFFECT – ARE YOU A HINCHER?

So who here has been hinched?

For those that don’t know what this means, I made a little video over on my YouTube Channel. It is called Mrs Hinch Made me do it. It is all about who Mrs Hinch (a.k.a Sophie Hinchliffe) is and what she made me do, which, in a word is clean. The video itself is all about the cleaning products I bought and was excited to use, but the context is there also. Today. however, I thought I would mull over what it is about Mrs Hinch that makes us all (well, many of us) go so wild.

Me? I’ve been hinched. I love it. I confess to being a bandwagon lover but I am still choosy as to which bandwagons I jump on. It took me a long time to convert to skinny jeans, for example, but I got there eventually.

Mrs Hinch

Mrs Hinch? She has me hooked. I check out her Instagram at least once a day to see what she is up to. My favourite part is the tips, these are what stabbed me through the lip and reeled me in.

Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware there are many other factors in play when it comes to the Instagram queen. Mrs Hinch knows how to look her best, is funny, keeps an immaculate and tastefully decorated home, and has a cute dog. Not all of this is for all of us, but there seems to be something for everyone.

I’m not really fussed as to what Mrs Hinch looks like and I’m not one for enormous fluttery lashes. They’re just not for me. Similarly, as much as I love a couple of the items she has in her home and I enjoy taking a peek at her home décor, mostly her choices aren’t matched to mine. Whilst I am a fan of grey and white, most of the additional items she buys, shows and subsequently sells out, wouldn’t find there way into my home. But that is ok. If we all liked the same then the world would be a very boring place. And anyway, with items selling out within hours of appearing on her stories, it would seem that there are many that do share her particular homeware preferences.

Me

So back to the Hinch effect. I think as I look back, cleaning was a bit of an unknown for me. By that, I mean that I didn’t really know what I was doing. I knew the basics but it was a chore. I always had better things to be doing and, as a result, I didn’t give it much time. As I got older I became a little more house proud but it wasn’t for the love of it. Not like it is now.

Way before Mrs Hinch’s Instagram rocketed to notoriety, I used to accept what I thought were inevitabilities. I assumed that my toilet would always have some limescale build up at the bottom as nothing I tried would remove it. Then, a colleague told me about some specific toilet cleaners. I tried them and was amazed at the results. But even then, whilst I had become aware products that can revolutionise the way I clean my loo, I still felt like other areas would forever be a certain way. I just wasn’t clued up on what works.

Mrs Hinch cleans for fun and loves it. That cleaning mojo is infinitely inspiring and seeing someone else so proud of their sparkling home sets off some kind of domino effect.

The Sweet Spot

As much as cleaning products can be inexpensive I was never someone who would just try a product to see if it work. I like real product recommendations, hence my love for blogs and YouTube. Mrs Hinch provides an abundance of recommendations but also shows you the before and after. For me, this is the sweet spot. Seeing it work and knowing you can do the same to your home makes you crave it. No, really.

Of course, there is much debate about the use of chemicals, how much plastic we are consuming and how much waste her 1.2 million hinchers are creating as a result, and I am certainly not trying to downplay the issue. I too share the concerns and would never condone the, in Sophie’s words, ‘completely pointless’ bedtime blast, for example. However, this post is about how Mrs Hinch has changed the way we feel about our homes and, as a result, about ourselves.

There are posts out there claiming that Sophie is dragging women back to the 1950’s but I can’t agree. Men are Hinchers too and it is the love for and sense of achievement gained that shines through. Just the other day my boyfriend proudly announced that he had used Zoflora and as a result, his home smelled fresh. Imagine my pride. I’m still grinning about it as I write this. But either way, hinchers are feeling empowered and proud, and that is what matters. As ridiculous as this could sound, hinching makes me feel like I am winning at life. I feel empowered by the accrued knowledge and capabilities. It’s funny how small things can lead to big changes in our perspective and mindset.

Community

There will, of course, always be those who have to troll and spread negativity, but those few are outweighed by the enormity of the positivity and sense of community that has been created through her influence. Instagram, and facebook users have certainly come together to embrace their shared interests and it is a joy to be part of that community, to meet others, share tips and inspire eachother. If you haven’t come across it yet, seek them out and join in.

More hinching?

So, should you be interested, I made another Hinch-related video. Fancy some hinching

So what are your thoughts on the Hinch effect?

WAI LANA YOGA & PILATES MAT

WAI LANA YOGA & PILATES MAT REVIEW

Who here has tried yoga? Yoga has exploded in popularity in recent years and if you have followed me for a while, you know that I jumped on the bandwagon. For me, yoga has both physical and emotional benefits and although the sloth in me requires the odd prod at times, I always enjoy both the experience and aftermath.

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HAPPINESS IS… BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE

Happiness is a big thing for me and I will forever maintain my quest to be and stay happy. As part of that, I have previously published some thoughts on life, loss and staying grateful and today we have a guest post from Stella Van Lane who takes a further look at our perspectives on the things we already have. 

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The Flawesome Award

THE FLAWESOME AWARD – CELEBRATE OUR FLAWS

Hello friends!

So, we all have flaws right? Well, last week, the lovely Joan Senio from ‘My best friend Adeline’ nominated me to take part in the Flawesome Award. As I read the tweet I was intrigued by what this even was! I hadn’t heard of it before so hopped on over to her post to understand more. You can read Joan’s post here, however, I shall explain.

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DERMA V10 CLAY MASKS

A REVIEW OF DERMA V10 CLAY MASKS

Hello and welcome to a little ol’ review of some very affordable facemasks. I actually received these a few months ago but there has been a distinct lack of pampering action in my life recently. Alas, this had to be resolved and in a bid to do so, I have been testing these newbies to my collection.

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FABULOUS PLANNING PRODUCT REVIEW

FABULOUS PLANNING PRODUCT REVIEW

Here we are again ladies and gents. Formally known as The Calorie Club, Fabulous Planning have more amazing product releases and I have three of them here to show you. The products this brand offer have supported me immensely on my weight loss journey. So, here is another Fabulous Planning product review.

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Bullet Journal 2018 GOALS - MID YEAR REVIEW

MY 2018 GOALS – MID YEAR REVIEW

Okay, so, immediately we can all acknowledge that this isn’t a mid-year post. We are a little way past that. But, better late than never to reflect on some 2018 goals right? I think so. So, it is time take stock and pay some attention to those goals. How have I been doing?

Happiness is... loving the little things - Sunshine
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UNDERSTANDING STRESS REACTIONS

HAPPINESS IS… UNDERSTANDING STRESS REACTIONS

Resharing an old but slightly revamped post on understanding stress reactions today. Because this stuff is important. We all have stress.

As we have previously discussed in this series, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Key to moving through these times and staying happy is to find ways to effectively manage the negative stress that we experience. For me, the first step is to understand ourselves and recognise where and how we are. So, today I am going to talk about my own experience in the hope that you may find this relatable, or as things to keep an eye on as a preventative measure.

UNDERSTANDING STRESS REACTIONS
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